Joining Megan on The Georgia Politics Podcast is attorney and former public defender, Chris Sandbach, to discuss the role of public defenders in our criminal justice system and what the nomination of Kentanji Brown Jackson means for the makeup of the Supreme Court. .
Public defenders are attorneys who represent people accused of a crime who cannot afford a private attorney. They face the possibility of being behind bars if convicted. The 6th Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees that if someone cannot afford a private attorney, a judge will appoint a public defender to defend them in court, free of charge.
Chris, who has spent over 6 years of his professional life as a public defender, talks to Megan about how our criminal justice system works, where we need to improve, and the role public defenders play in both cases.
He also talks about newly sworn in Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson and what his experience as a public defender brings to the court for the first time in his life.
About Chris Sandbach
Chris Sandbach holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a major in foreign policy and received his JD from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta in 2015. After law school, Chris spent over 6 years working as a public defender in the Atlanta area. In 2022, he accepted a job with the law firm Rickard, Drew & Nix and specializes in personal injury litigation and criminal defense. He is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the Georgia Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers. Additionally, Chris has worked as a pro bono suffrage/voter protection attorney since 2018, served as director of political activism for the Atlanta Young Democrats in 2020, and currently serves on the board of directors of Red Clay Democrats and of the Young Professionals Board for Football Dans Les Rues. Chris lives in Atlanta with his cat Larsson and enjoys playing/watching football and seeing live music.
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